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Residents question why no tornado warnings were issued in Mahoning County

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The storms moved in quickly on Tuesday afternoon, and weather experts said the reason there was no tornado warning was because the threat came and went in an instant.

"The evidence on doppler radar was only there for a couple of minutes, so one sweep of the radar was all they saw that there was some evidence, that there was some rotation. It only occurred very briefly, so they decided not to issue a warning for it because the evidence was there for only a brief amount of time," explained Eric Wilhelm, WFMJ Chief Meteorologist.

The National Weather service is responsible for issuing watches and warnings. A representative from Cleveland who came to survey the damage said every thunderstorm cell has a danger of creating a tornado.

"This is the season when we have thunderstorms moving through the area and with a thunderstorm there's always a chance they can produce a funnel. So, we are always looking for it and always trying to follow the storms the best we can," said William Comeaux, National Weather Service Cleveland.

So, when a thunderstorm hits your area you should be prepared for the worst. That means not waiting for a siren to react.

Anytime storms hit, you should get the the lowest level of your home with no windows and have a weather radio handy. It's also a good idea to turn on your local news to see if the trained weather personnel are monitoring any potential dangers.

"We were aware the radar was starting to show signs of circulation, but it only occurred for for a few minutes, and that's all it took," said Wilhelm.


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